New high-speed chairlift for Schladming

1st July 2020, by Abi Butcher

The Lärchkogelbahn chairlift is being replaced in Schladming. Pic: Peter Burgstaller

The Lärchkogelbahn chairlift is being replaced in Schladming. Pic: Peter Burgstaller

Work has begun on the installation of a high-speed eight-seater chairlift in the centre of the Austrian ski resort of Schladming. The new chair will replace the 26-year-old four-seater Lärchkogelbahn chairlift at the heart of the Planai ski area, ahead of the 2020/21 ski season.

The Lärchkogelbahn is one of the busiest lifts in the four-mountain ski area that encompasses Hauser Kaibling, Planai, Hochwurzen and Reirteralm. The new detachable eight seater, made by Leitner Ropeways, will have weather-protection bubbles and heated seats to make for a more comfy journey. Capacity on the lift will be increased from 2,030 skiers and snowboarders per hour to 3,500 — lessening queues at a busy intersection between Kraiterabfahrt and Lärchkogelabfahrt. The journey time will be just three minutes and 43 seconds.

Schladming is also expanding the Kraiterabfahrt piste.



An artist’s mock up of the new Lärchkogelbahn chairlift in Schladming, by Leitner Ropeways



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